1. Sean Combs Back to Puff Daddy With Upcoming Album

    March 24, 2014 8:19 PM EDT 0 0 0 Puff Daddy -- the name, in addition to the rapper -- is returning to music. Sean Combs, who for the last near-decade has gone by Diddy for his stage name, announced the change today, Radio.com reports -- oh, and there's a new album involved, to ...

  2. Aloe Blacc, Young Money Debut on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    March 20, 2014 6:20 PM EDT 0 0 0 Though Rick Ross' "Mastermind" holds onto the No. 1 spot on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with 49,000 copies (a 73% drop, according to Nielsen SoundScan), top 10 debuts from Aloe Blacc, Young Money and Ledisi make it a busy week on the l ...

  3. 'Frozen' Returns To No. 1 on Billboard 200 For Sixth Week

    March 19, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Spring is just around the corner, but don't tell the "Frozen" soundtrack. The wintry Disney album returns to No. 1 on the Billboard 200, selling 99,000 copies in the week ending March 16 (down less than 1 percent), according to Niel ...

  4. Big Albums, But No Big Hot 100 Hits

    March 14, 2014 8:11 PM EDT New Billboard 200 leader Rick Ross is among artists who repeatedly dominate the chart despite having not landed a top 10 Hot 100 hit With the arrival of "Mastermind" atop the Billboard 200 chart , Rick Ross continues his streak of earnin ...

  5. 'Frozen' Vs. Luke Bryan for No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart

    March 14, 2014 7:25 PM EDT 0 0 0 Bryan's "Spring Break" EP could hit No. 1, unless "Frozen" returns for its sixth nonconsecutive week at the top Industry sources forecast a battle of the seasons for No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart next week. The "Froz ...

  6. 'Frozen' vs. Luke Bryan for No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart

    March 14, 2014 6:59 PM EDT There may be a battle of the seasons for No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart next week. The "Frozen" soundtrack could bring a wintry chill back to No. 1, though Luke Bryan's "Spring Break 6… Like We Ain't Ever" EP is als ...

  7. Chart Moves: Thirty Seconds to Mars Makes Post-Oscar Gain, Von Trapp Singers Debut on Billboard 200

    March 14, 2014 10:15 AM EDT This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, Rick Ross claimed his fifth No. 1 album , while Pharrell Williams bowed at No. 2 with his second album, "G I R L." Outside the top 10, there were a number of movers and shakers. Let's tak ...

  8. Rick Ross is Boss on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, Iggy Azalea's 'Fancy' Debuts

    March 13, 2014 8:14 PM EDT Despite an underperforming first single and a back-to-the-drawing-board delay, Rick Ross' "Mastermind" beats out Pharrell's "G I R L" to open atop the Billboard 200 and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with 179,000 copies s ...

  9. Rick Ross Rules With Fifth No. 1 Album On Billboard 200

    March 12, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Rapper Rick Ross collects his fifth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, as "Mastermind" arrives atop the list. The set sold 179,000 copies in the week ending March 9, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Rick Ross, Pharrell Aiming for Top Spot ...

  10. Pharrell Williams’ ‘G I R L’ Grabs Top Spot in U.K.

    March 10, 2014 6:18 AM EDT 0 0 0 Pharrell Williams has followed the million-selling U.K. success of his “Happy” single with a No. 1 debut for his “G I R L” album (Columbia/Sony). Sunday's (March 9) new Official Charts Company sales data also saw London DJ-producer Route 94 go ...

  11. Pharrell Williams Bows At No. 1 in Britain With ‘G I R L’

    March 10, 2014 6:03 AM EDT Pharrell Williams has followed the million-selling U.K. success of his “Happy” single with a No. 1 debut for his “G I R L” album (Columbia/Sony). Sunday's (March 9) new Official Charts Company sales data also saw London DJ-producer Route 94 g ...

  12. Lea Michele's Debut Album Aiming for Top 10

    March 07, 2014 7:21 PM EST 0 0 0 "Louder" could debut within the top five with 50,000 to 60,000 in sales "Glee" star Lea Michele is heading for the top 10 of the Billboard 200 albums chart. Industry sources forecast the actress/singer's debut set, "Lou ...

  13. Kanye West & Big Sean Team With Rick Ross For ‘Arsenio Hall Show’ Surprise: Watch

    March 07, 2014 12:20 AM EST 0 2 0 Arsenio Hall is leaving nothing to chance on his comeback to late-night television.  On Thursday night, "The Arsenio Hall Show" got a serious hip hop injection when Kanye West and Big Sean dropped by to assist Rick Ross on “Sanctified”.  I ...

  14. Rick Ross, Pharrell Aiming for Top Spots on Billboard 200 Chart

    March 05, 2014 4:10 PM EST 0 0 0 Rick Ross is on course for his fifth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200. The rap king's just-released set, "Mastermind," may sell between 150,000 and 160,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, March 9 (so say industry for ...

  15. Rick Ross and Pharrell Aiming for Nos. 1 and 2 on Billboard 200 Chart

    March 05, 2014 3:42 PM EST Rick Ross is on course for his fifth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200. The rap king's just-released set, "Mastermind," may sell between 150,000 and 160,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, March 9 (so say industry f ...

  16. Rick Ross 'Mastermind' Q&A + Billboard Photo Shoot Behind-The-Scenes

    Rick Ross 'Mastermind' Q&A + Billboard Photo Shoot Behind-The-Scenes

    February 28, 2014 12:27 PM EST 0 2 0 Rick Ross 'Mastermind' Q&A + Photo Shoot Behind-The-Scenes nobody , photo shoot , Billboard , Hip-Hop , No Games , photos , Rick Ross , The Devil is a Lie , Rap , interview Videos Rick Ross ...

  17. Fader Fort Preps 'Return To Firsts' For 13th Year During SXSW, Taps Mazda As Auto Partner

    February 20, 2014 12:54 PM EST Now entering its 13th year, the Fader Fort will return to Austin March 12-15, with a renewed emphasis on “firsts,” including return performances from artists who made their magazine-cover debut with “The Fader” to emerging acts who will play the F ...

  18. DJ Mustard: How the Producer's 'Ratchet' Revolution Became the Sound of 2014

    February 14, 2014 1:26 PM EST The DJ Mustard sound, like a Van Gogh painting or a good avocado, is easy to spot when you know what to look for. It's taut and spare, snappy and insistent. There are usually gruff chants in the background, like the song is a boozy party whe ...

  19. Ashanti Reveals 'Braveheart' Release Date & Track List

    February 10, 2014 4:35 PM EST 0 0 0 Ashanti's oft-delayed album, "Braveheart," will debut on March 4. The singer has unveiled the release date as well as the track list for the album. The 15-song effort, including Target exclusives, features guest appearances by French ...

  20. Rick Ross Reveals 'Mastermind' Track List

    February 08, 2014 3:48 PM EST Kanye West, Jay Z, The Weeknd to appear on rapper's sixth album Rick Ross' "Mastermind" finally has a track list. The rapper released the list of songs to be featured on his sixth studio album yesterday (Feb. 7), Pitchfork repor ...

  21. Rick Ross To Release Young Jeezy-Assisted Song, 'War Ready'; Reveals 'Mastermind' Album Cover

    January 24, 2014 6:20 PM EST Rick Ross is turning heads with his oft-delayed upcoming album, "Mastermind" (out March 4). A month after releasing his Jay Z-assisted single, "The Devil Is a Lie," the rapper unveils the album's cover artwork and teases an ...

  22. DJ Drama Joins Atlantic A&R Team

    January 08, 2014 9:56 AM EST 0 0 0 Hip-hop artist DJ Drama has joined the A&R staff at Atlantic Records. Based in Atlanta, he will oversee recording projects, sign new talent and contribute to the artist development process for existing talent on the Atlantic roster. In addition, ...

  23. DJ Drama Joins Atlantic A&R Team (Exclusive)

    January 08, 2014 9:00 AM EST Q4 Label Special: Atlantic's Julie Greenwald and Craig Kallman on Navigating 'the Xmas Bum-Rush' (Q&A) Coldplay, David Guetta Go To Atlantic Records; Radiohead & Pink Floyd Catalogs, Kylie Minogue, Damon Albarn To Warner Bro ...

  24. Morning Fix: Why Springsteen Previewed 'High Hopes' on CBS; Inside Alicia Keys' Troubled Blackberry Partnership; Depeche Mode Dominates Hot Tours

    January 03, 2014 8:45 AM EST Get the Morning Fix Delivered To Your Inbox HERE WHY BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN CHOSE 'THE GOOD WIFE' AND CBS.COM TO PREVIEW 'HIGH HOPES' (ANALYSIS) For the fifth album in a row, Columbia Records and Bruce Springsteen are turning to tel ...

  25. Rick Ross Sues LMFAO Over 'Everyday I'm Shufflin' Phrase

    January 02, 2014 6:00 PM EST The rapper says the "Party Rock Anthem" lyrics are an illegal "derivative" of his phrase, "Everyday I'm hustlin'," from his 2006 debut single. Shufflin' rhymes with hustlin', and now there's s ...

  26. Rick Ross Sues LMFAO Over 'Shufflin' Line

    January 02, 2014 6:00 PM EST 0 0 0 Shufflin' rhymes with hustlin', and now there's some legal fussin'. Hip-hop superstar Rick Ross, along with Jermaine Jackson, have filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against LMFAO, the Los Angeles-based electronic pop duo of ...

  27. Rick Ross Allowed to Keep Stage Name Under First Amendment

    December 30, 2013 8:33 PM EST 0 0 0 The rapper was challenged in court by drug kingpin "Freeway" Ricky Ross With a First Amendment bullet, hip-hop superstar Rick Ross has shot down a lawsuit from a former drug kingpin who ruled Los Angeles during the 1980s. That drug kingpin ...

  28. 'Freeway' Ricky Ross vs. Rick Ross: First Amendment Protects Hip Hop Persona

    December 30, 2013 12:09 PM EST An appeals court rules that Rick Ross partly based his likeness on a famous drug-dealer, but that he isn't an imposter. With a First Amendment bullet, hip hop superstar Rick Ross has shot down a lawsuit from a former drug kingpin who ruled Lo ...

  29. Rick Ross, Jay Z Team Up For 'The Devil Is A Lie': Listen

    December 19, 2013 2:06 PM EST 0 0 0 Rick Ross and Jay Z team up for the sixth time on Rick Ross latest single, "The Devil Is A Lie." "The Devil Is A Lie" features Ross predictably boasting while Jay Z takes on Illuminati allegations: "Devil want these ni—as to ...

  30. Rick Ross Addresses 'Mastermind' Album Delay

    December 05, 2013 5:11 PM EST 0 0 0 Rick Ross has delayed his "Mastermind" album to "top of 2014." Originally due December 17, the rapper announced the album delay on the remix to his song, "No Games": "'Mastermind' on the way/ Top of 2014. ...

  31. Yo Gotti Talks 'I Am' Album & Epic Records Partnership

    November 18, 2013 1:13 PM EST 'I ain't making decisions based on just checks and money anymore - the situation has to be right.' The title of Yo Gotti's new album, "I Am," due Nov. 19 through a new partnership between his CMG imprint and Epic Reco ...

  32. Morning Fix: 2013 Digital Track Sales Down; Rdio Launches Free Internet Radio; Twitter Unseals IPO; Lorde's 'Royals' Debuts on Social 50

    October 04, 2013 8:45 AM EDT Get the Morning Fix Delivered To Your Inbox HERE 2013 DIGITAL TRACK SALES DOWN 3.4%, ALBUM SALES DROP 6.1% U.S. digital sales continue to be under pressure. In the third quarter, the digital track sales decline accelerated and now the slowdown o ...

  33. 2 Chainz, Kendrick Lamar Shine At 2013 BET Hip-Hop Awards

    September 29, 2013 4:30 PM EDT On Saturday afternoon (Sept 28), the BET Hip-Hop Awards commenced at Atlanta’s Civic Center for another year of cyphers, performances and fashion faux pas. The energy could be felt from the red carpet as stars like Meek Mill, 2 Chainz, this year ...

  34. Jack Johnson Set for No. 1 on Billboard 200, Avicii and Chris Young Aiming For Top 10

    September 20, 2013 9:06 PM EDT Singer/songwriter Jack Johnson is on course for his fourth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, while EDM superstar and recent Billboard cover act Avicii is aiming for a top 10 debut with his first album, "True." Industry sources suggest ...

  35. Rick Ross Talks Reebok Partnership, Jay-Z & 'Self Made 3' Album

    September 17, 2013 6:42 PM EDT Even though Rick Ross lost his deal with Reebok this year, the Miami-based rapper continues to sport and promote the sneaker brand. "I'm still supporting Reebok. I'm still wearing Reebok," he said in an interview last week. &qu ...

  36. Win Rick Ross 'Self Made 3' NYC Concert Tickets

    September 12, 2013 3:24 PM EDT Maybach Music Group is celebrating the release of its "Self Made 3" album with concerts in three different cities in one day: three lucky Juice readers will win a pair of tickets to see Rick Ross live in New York on Tuesday (September 17 ...

  37. The Seed: Rick Ross, Rich Homie Quan, Jennifer Hudson & More New Music

    September 06, 2013 4:15 PM EDT Rich Homie Quan sent waves through the hip-hop world this week with the release of “Another Me.” After his debut single “Type of Way” took off this summer – it breaks into the top 10 of R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay (12-9) this week – comparisons betwee ...

  38. The Seed: Eminem, The Lox, Cam'ron & More New Music

    August 30, 2013 3:00 PM EDT It's been over 10 years since the LOX last graced Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs as a unit but this week’s release of "Summers Too Hot" could bring the drought to an end. The street record, primed for Labor Day barbeques, was produced by ...

  39. New Signings: Boy George Signs with Kobalt, Rick Ross to ICM Partners, BMG Chrysalis US Land the Orwells

    August 30, 2013 7:30 AM EDT Here’s a look at the latest artist signings across the music industry, which include label, management, publishing and booking agency deals. Billboard.biz is interested in your company’s new signings. Please send announcements to Mitchell.Pete ...

  40. Rick Ross Signs with ICM Partners for Concert Bookings and More

    August 27, 2013 5:48 PM EDT Rapper Rick Ross has signed with ICM Partners for representation in all areas. Ross’ responsible agents for concerts at ICM are Zach Iser and Caroline Yim. Previously, the rapper’s live bookings were handled in-house by his team. New Signings: ...

  41. Robin Thicke Gets First No. 1 Album On Billboard 200, Five Finger Death Punch at No. 2

    August 07, 2013 11:02 AM EDT Slightly more than 10 years after his debut album was released, Robin Thicke has scored his first No. 1 album. "Blurred Lines," his sixth studio effort, starts atop the Billboard 200 with 177,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen Sound ...

  42. Marc Anthony, Rich Gang Aiming for Top 10 on Billboard 200 Chart

    July 26, 2013 7:54 PM EDT As previously reported, Selena Gomez is heading for her first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart next week. Industry sources suggest her new release, "Stars Dance," could sell between 90,000 and 100,000 copies by the end of the t ...

  43. Ace Hood Earns His Biggest Debut, FiNATTiCZ' 'Thun Thun' Explodes

    July 25, 2013 5:03 PM EDT On Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums this week, Ace Hood posts his best debut yet as "Trials and Tribulations" opens at No. 2 with 34,000 copies (according to Nielsen SoundScan). It stands behind Jay Z's second chart-topping week with &quo ...

  44. Rapper J. Cole Apologizes for Autism Lyric

    July 22, 2013 3:52 AM EDT Rapper J. Cole is apologizing to those with autism and their families for an offensive lyric. Cole says in a blog post Sunday that he doesn't agree with the recent trend of pressure rappers have faced to apologize when they step over a percei ...

  45. Chart Juice: Jay Z Nets His Fourth-Largest Sales Week Ever

    July 18, 2013 2:12 PM EDT As expected, Jay Z's latest opus "Magna Carta Holy Grail" debuts at the summit of Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. Unexpectedly, the set beat industry sales projections, as it arrives with 528,000 sold in its first week, according to Nie ...

  46. Jay-Z, 'Magna Carta Holy Grail': Track-By-Track Review

    July 04, 2013 1:50 PM EDT Jay-Z's "Magna Carta Holy Grail," which became available thrugh the Samsung app (but also leaked elsewhere) late last night, is a lot to get through on a holiday... and not just if you have a Samsung phone. (Samsung users face ...

  47. Wale Releases Rihanna-Assisted 'Bad' Remix: Listen

    June 03, 2013 3:44 PM EDT The rapper also debuts Maybach Music Group single 'Poor Decisions' featuring Rick Ross and Lupe FIasco. Wale releases the full-version of the Rihanna-assisted remix to "Bad" just three days after teasing 90 seconds of it on Swa ...

  48. Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey & More Surprise At Summer Jam XX

    June 03, 2013 7:55 AM EDT Rap's new class dominates: Kendrick Lamar, A$AP Rocky, 2 Chainz New York City radio station Hot 97 celebrated its 20th annual Summer Jam concert with young rappers who are dominating the charts, a respected veteran hip-hop group and a slew of ...

  49. Rick Ross, Birdman Release 'The H: The Lost Album Vol. 1' Mixtape

    May 23, 2013 4:31 PM EDT Five years after its initial release date, Birdman and Rick Ross drop their collaborative mixtape, "The H: The Lost Album Vol. 1." The 11-track effort, hosted by DJ Khaled, features guest appearances by Kevin Rudolf, Mack Maine and Gudda ...

  50. French Montana Talks 'Excuse My French' Album & Success

    May 21, 2013 11:13 AM EDT Even among rappers, French Montana's love of money runs deep. Here's a short list of things that come before his bank balance: his family (both parents, now separated, and two younger brothers) and his friend the rapper Max B, who was i ...

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